Little Known Facts About the Making of The Show Gilligans Island
Mar 19, 2022 | Tal Berlinger
The American sitcom Gilligans Island was one of the most beloved and watched shows of all time and is still being watched today. The show aired from 1964 up until 1967 and featured 98 episodes of the cast trying to escape the island in hilarious ways.
Its time to sail the S.S. Minnow as we take a trip through the behind- the-scenes of the show including funny bloopers, Gilligans hidden real name, secrets youd never suspect about the cast, and even the hilarious origin of the shows premise.
The real locations
The harbor that we see The Minnow sail away from in the opening credits (in the colorized seasons, at least) is really the harbor at Newport Beach in California. The cave that Gilligan sometimes hid in to get away from the struggles of the island is also a real cave, a little south of Newport Beach at Corona del Mar.
Even today, it's known by locals as Gilligan's cave. Of course, the island, for the most part, was a studio set, something that is quite apparent to modern viewers for any number of reasons, but the most obvious was the fake backdrop.
The cast never got to escape the island during the show
With the sudden cancellation of Gilligans Island, the show never reached its ending (since it was supposed to go on for a fourth season). Eventually, the crew decided to tie up loose ends from the last episode of season 3, which ended just like the rest, with the castaways still stranded on the island.
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In the 1978 made-for-television movie Rescue from Gilligan's Island, we finally see the castaways successfully leaving the island, and dealing with the difficulty of reintegrating into society. The movie was very well received, and fans were delighted that the shows story didnt end yet. A second movie called Castaways on Gilligans Island was announced shortly after and released a year later in 1979.
The tastes of the island
Long after the show ended 1993 Dawn Wells penned Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook, which features food that the characters might have eaten while stranded on the island. Expect lots of coconut dishes. There is also Gilligan's Stew, Ginger's Snaps, and something called a Shipwreck Sandwich.
A few other people joined in the writing, including Ken Beck and Jim Clark, and Bob Denver, Gilligan's actor, even wrote the foreword. In case you're wondering, yes, there is a recipe for the coconut pies that Mary Ann cooks for Gilligan during the show. There are also stories, photos, and anecdotes from Wells's time on the show.
Everything had to be made from wood and coconuts
Since the entire premise of the show was that the cast had to survive on a deserted island, all props had to be made from either wood or coconuts. This posed a major challenge, as everything from the chairs and up to the foot pedal-powered car had to be made from only these 2 materials.
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